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Updated: Freight audit & pay specialist buys rival’s operation in Europe

[ September 3, 2014   //   ]

Freight audit and payment provider enVista has opened a Europe, Middle East and Africa office at Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool by effectively taken over the EMEA representative office formerly operated by rival company nVision.

Indianpolis-headquartered EnVista has bought nVision Ltd, which was a separate stand-alone company and is rebranding it as enVista. It will offer the full range of enVista services, which include sophisticated integrated warehouse and transport management suites, as well as traditional freight audit and pay services.

All staff at the Ellesmere Port office will be offered positions and former nVision Ltd owner Dominic McGough will become managing partner in the new company. He brings over 20 years of experience in freight invoice audit and payment and will run enVista’s EMEA operations, including its 20-person multi-lingual staff.

Nvision Ltd terminated its agreement to represent its US-based parent company on 31 August but its parent company moved swiftly to fill the gap. Senior vice president, global sales & marketing, Keith Snavely said: “nVision Global Technology Solutions, Inc. has opened a new European full service processing center in Masstricht, Netherlands.” This would continue to provide customer service. It will be managed by Dennis Mengham, who comes to nVision Global from NCR Corporation with over 15 years of Global Freight Audit & Payment experience.

Snavely added: “The Masstricht office will be the perfect compliment to nVision Global’s three other corporate owned, full service processing centers in Atlanta,, San Jose, Costa Rica and Ningbo in The People’s Republic of China.  In addition to these full service processing centers, nVision Global also maintains a number of support centres throughout Europe and Asia that allow nVision Global to provide a one-stop, single source solution with a single, global data warehouse to better manage their global supply chains.”

Pieter Kinds, director of global account management and sales at a third freight audit and pay company, Netherlands-headquartered ControlPay, said: “nVision is busy buying our staff in Ukraine and is planning on setting up an office instead in Ukraine.” He predicted that nVision’s Maastricht office would in fact end up as a front a much larger operation in the troubled East European country, which has been a popular location for ‘back room’ freight audit and pay operations.

Freight audit an pay (FA&P) services, although a long-established feature of the North American industry, are a relatively new phenomenon in the UK and European market. Traditionally, FA&P providers kept track of often complex freight billing for companies without their own specialist staff, checking that freight invoices had been made out correctly. However, such companies have increasingly offered more sophisticated supply chain management and analysis services, while retaining their freight auditing functions.

enVista president and CEO Jim Barnes said, “We are very excited to expand our global presence and improve our ability to serve companies worldwide with global freight invoice audit and transportation spend management requirements. enVista has some of the deepest freight invoice audit and payment expertise in the industry.”

enVista’s managing partner, transportation solutions, Stephen Craig, added: “enVista is heavily investing in expanding not only our presence to serve the market worldwide but also in our myShipINFO global freight audit and payment solution, which includes multi-language translations, as well as currency and units of measure conversions… enVista is now able to audit and pay freight bills for any mode to and from any location on earth, in any currency or language, and turn that information into actionable intelligence for clients to improve end-to-end supply chain operations.”

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